An interview series from The Software House

CTO vs Status Quo

CTOs can be champions of change at their organization. The question is “how”. Learn the rules other Technology Managers use from their trials and errors. That will improve your game.

Marek Gajda

CTO at The Software House

To reveal how other CTOs secure Product, Engineering, and the Board’s support by making thoughtful decisions.

Latest interviews
business it alignment
Effective delivery Productive development

“It’s your job to be a good host for other engineers” — Boyko Karadzhov decodes alignment & silo-breaking at Payhawk

Boyko Karadzhov, CTO and Co-founder of Payhawk

CTO's role Effective delivery

“No sacred cows” — quick vs informed decision-making

Ben Brown, CTO at Flock

CTO's career CTO's role

From CTO to CEO – the three skills you need to make the journey

Casper H Rasmussen, CTO at Monta

CTO Corner People & tech culture

The 3 development efficiency problems that keep you from having an optimal setup

Harald Walden, CTO at Brite Payments

CTO Corner People & tech culture

“If you have a product fit and cultural alignment, everything else is workable”

Jakob Nederby Nielsen, CTPO & Co-founder at Dixa

CTO Corner People & tech culture

“I don’t like processes. They don’t set you up for sustained success”

Richard Eklund, CTO at Tibber

Some insights you can discover

“We got rid of the backlog and adopted what I call a lean roadmap. We have a list of problems, and we don’t have any features on it.”

Mika Peuralahti

CTO at Smartum

“Instead of collecting hard requirements, you create (…) a rough outline of what you want to achieve. How you achieve that is up to you. Then you have six weeks to deliver the goods. If you run out of time, you downsize the scope.”

Ludwig Magnusson

CTO at Mediatool

“I want to be sure that if a bus hits me, everything will be fine at the company. (…) My team has all the necessary knowledge, login access, and learning materials to keep work going.”

Majid Garmaroudi

CTO at Northfork

C-level insights that wow readers

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Product-oriented teams Productive development

“I decided to challenge the traditional roadmap”

Head of Product at Convious

business it alignment
Effective delivery Productive development

“It’s your job to be a good host for other engineers” — Boyko Karadzhov decodes alignment & silo-breaking at Payhawk

Boyko Karadzhov, CTO and Co-founder of Payhawk

CTO's role Effective delivery

Creativity in outcome-driven software development

Martin Mazur, Product & Technology Consultant

CTO's role Effective delivery

“No sacred cows” — quick vs informed decision-making

Ben Brown, CTO at Flock

CTO's career CTO's role

From CTO to CEO – the three skills you need to make the journey

Casper H Rasmussen, CTO at Monta

Effective delivery Productive development

“The goal is to have a self-optimizing system”

Daniel Gebler, CTO at Picnic

Developer hiring Product-oriented teams

“If you have a product fit and cultural alignment, everything else is workable”

Jakob Nederby Nielsen, CTPO & Co-founder at Dixa

Effective delivery Self-managed teams

“I don’t like processes. They don’t set you up for sustained success”

Richard Eklund, CTO at Tibber

CTO's career CTO's role

“Your job as a CTPO: uncover what’s invisible; remove what’s arbitrary”

Hans J Skovgaard, CTO at Penneo

Productive development Self-managed teams

The 3 development efficiency problems that keep you from having an optimal setup

Harald Walden, CTO at Brite Payments

Developer motivation Product-oriented teams

“Developers want to be product-oriented, but you’re not letting them”

Wojciech Zawistowski, VP of Engineering at Contractbook

Developer motivation Self-managed teams

"There is no trust without delegated authority"

Majid Garmaroudi, CTO at Northfork

CTO's role Self-managed teams

"Only hire developers with an urge to build"

Ludwig Magnusson, CTO at Mediatool

CTO's role Effective delivery

Stop adding features, start removing problems

Mika Peuralahti, CTO at Smartum

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Developer motivation Product-oriented teams

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Wojciech Zawistowski

Continuous Discovery Habits

About discovering feature ideas users and the business value

Developer motivation Product-oriented teams

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Wojciech Zawistowski

Escaping the Build Trap

About focusing development on solving user problems

Developer motivation Product-oriented teams

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Wojciech Zawistowski

Impact Mapping

About using visual agile planning to align teams better

Developer motivation Product-oriented teams

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Wojciech Zawistowski

Inspired

About creating useful digital products for the masses

CTO's role Self-managed teams

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Ludwig Magnusson

Radical Candor

About improving work relationships through honesty

CTO's role Self-managed teams

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Ludwig Magnusson

Radical Focus

About working with OKRs the right way

CTO's role Self-managed teams

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Ludwig Magnusson

Shape Up

About focusing product teams on effective delivery

CTO's role Effective delivery

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Mika Peuralahti

The Lean Startup

About effective product development

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